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This is the All-New Mitsubishi Airtrek. It’s Electric

Mitsubishi Airtrek

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has unveiled the all-new Mitsubishi Airtrek SUV at the Auto Guangzhou exhibition in China.

While the old Mitsubishi Airtrek was known for having the same powerful powertrain as the Lancer Evo, the all-new Airtrek is headed on the opposite direction, developed based on the concept of an “e-cruising SUV,” with “e” representing the three keywords of “electric” (electric vehicle), “expanding” (expanding life with a car), and “expressive” (expressing the MMC uniqueness).

Mitsubishi Airtrek

Design wise, the all-new Mitsubishi Airtrek rocks the Dynamic Shield front face and a hexagon motif on the tailgate just like the other new models in the portfolio.

The interior on the other hand is open and spacious, featuring a horizontally-themed instrument panel that offers a broad field of vision and makes it easy to grasp the position of the car.

To create a high-class feel, soft padding is introduced for the parts that passengers touch, and stitches are used in every detail. With its long wheelbase and broad overall width, the new model also offers spacious interior room for the whole family to ride in comfort.

Mitsubishi Airtrek

As its EV component, the all-new Airtrek comes equipped with a large capacity 70-kilowatt (kWh) drive battery, achieving a maximum driving range of approximately 520 km.

Installing the drive battery in the centre of the floor has achieved an ideal front-rear weight distribution with a low center of gravity.

The motor, inverter, and reduction drive have been integrated into a single lightweight, compact unit, combined with a driving system that delivers high output and torque inside a lightweight, high-rigidity body.

Mitsubishi Airtrek

As a result, Mitsubishi claims that the all-new Airtrek delivers a powerful yet smooth ride characteristic of an EV, with nimble handling for a thoroughly exhilarating driving.

“We named the new electric SUV Airtrek so that many customers can enjoy adventurous, active driving with this pure EV, which achieves a maximum driving range of approximately 520 km while emitting zero CO2 in motion,” said Takao Kato, president and chief executive officer, MMC.

“We hope the all-new Airtrek will help expand the horizons of customers in China, where environmental initiatives are accelerating with new energy vehicles, especially EVs.”

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Budget 2022: Electric Vehicles to Be Completely Tax Free

Budget 2022 EV tax

In an effort to become a carbon neutral country by 2050, the government today proposed that electric vehicles (EVs) get full exemption from sales tax, import duty, as well as excise duty.

Speaking during the 2022 Budget proposal earlier today, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz also proposed that electric vehicles get fully exempted from road tax, and that an income tax relief of up to RM2,500 for owners to cover the cost of purchasing, installing, or renting charging facilities and other related infrastructures.

Although the tax exemption for EVs is just a proposal, many parties and organisations in the automotive sector have already expressed their support and applauded the government’s decision to focus on carbon neutrality and electrification.

Electric vehicles Tax Free

Hans de Visser, the Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia released a statement saying that the announcements made at Budget 2022 is a welcome step towards electrified mobility – one that has long been in the making for Malaysia.

“The government’s motion to further incentivise and support the development of the electric vehicle (EV) industry in Malaysia moves in the same direction as our vision for electrified mobility at the BMW Group.”

“We have always believed that the future is electric, and we have been at the forefront of electrified mobility in Malaysia since 2015, when we introduced BMW i. It was a bold move then, and it is an even bolder move now as we continue to shape the future of mobility with our strategies for electrification that will hopefully accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in Malaysia.”

“As the country’s leading provider of premium electrified vehicles, we have already delivered over 21,000 electrified BMW and MINI to Malaysians to date.”

“We remain committed to driving initiatives for innovation, awareness on new and clean technology, and developing more infrastructures for premium electrified vehicles in Malaysia. As before, we have consistently unveiled innovations and initiated collaborations with key stakeholders to ensure a functioning ecosystem for electromobility to thrive in,” said Hans.

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Volvo Develops Unique Sounds for Its Electric Trucks

Volvo Trucks Electric

Starting on 1st July 2021, all new electric vehicles in the EU are required to emit a certain sound level when travelling at speeds below 20 km/h to make things safer, which is a problem for electric vehicles that have no engine to make any noise.

Coming back to the ruling by the EU, it was said that the sound level required depends on the speed and gets higher as it increases.

56 decibels minimum

For instance, at the maximum speed of 20 km/h, it should be at least 56 decibels. If the vehicle is too quiet, an external acoustic vehicle alerting system (AVAS) must be added.

So, to meet the new requirements, and at the same time maintain the benefits of lower noise levels that come with electric vehicles, Volvo Trucks has developed a unique set of sounds for its electric truck models.

The range of sounds is the result of thorough research and testing by the Volvo Group’s own acoustics experts.

“We are particularly proud to have developed high quality, premium sounds that are noticeable enough to warn people close to the truck, and yet still pleasant for the driver and other road users,” says Anna Wrige Berling.

Still quieter than conventional trucks

It is important to note that the trucks will still be much quieter than conventional trucks.

The sounds are designed to not penetrate through walls. Our electric trucks will still allow for quiet nighttime deliveries and contribute to better working conditions for the drivers and a quieter, cleaner environment,” says Anna Wrige Berling.

Volvo Trucks Electric Sound

The Volvo developed acoustic alert system for electric vehicles is actually not just one but four different sounds, informing people close by about what the truck is doing: moving forward, idling, reversing, etc. The sounds will vary in intensity, based on truck speed and will shift in frequency during acceleration and deceleration.

Six and counting

With the recently announced start of sales of three new heavy duty electric truck models – the Volvo FH, FM and FMX – Volvo Trucks now has an impressive line-up of six medium and heavy duty electric trucks.

This is currently the most complete commercial electric truck range in the industry.

“Electric trucks will be increasingly more common in traffic, and by adding the acoustic alert sound system to our electric vehicles, we are proud to be able to combine our exciting journey towards zero emissions with our longstanding zero accidents ambition,” states Anna Wrige Berling. 

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Isuzu Elf electric truck at Tokyo Motor Show 2019

With electrification taking over the automotive industry, Isuzu Motors has also jumped in on the electrification wave with their Elf Series of trucks.

Isuzu is best known for building some of the most reliable and efficient diesel engines in the world and now comes an all-electric medium-duty truck. The popular Elf truck removes its turbodiesel engine for a battery pack and a set of electric motors for clean emissions logistics.

Isuzu ELF
Isuzu at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

Isuzu had the electric powered Elf, as well as the upgraded Giga at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.

As early as January 2018, Isuzu have been testing battery-electric trucks which had two 40kWh battery packs, between the right front and rear wheels and between the left front and rear wheels. Maximum output was expected to be 150kW and the load capacity is reported to be about 3000kg.

Isuzu also tested their electric drive Elf in America with the Class 4 NPR-HD, which has a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,500 lbs.

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Scania Makes A Stand For Climate Change  

Today, the 20th of September, inspired by a Swedish school girl, Greta Thunberg, young people around the world will be on ‘climate-striking’ walking out of school for a few hours to demand action against the global warming that darkens their future.

Even companies Like Scania Truck and Bus are taking part in this strike globally to show their support for the movement. Starting from 11 am (today) until 12 pm on 20 September 2019, employees at all twelve of Scania Malaysia branches nationwide as well as the Regional Product Centre in Port Klang, Scania employees in Scania Singapore and Asia Product Centre in Singapore will stop work and attend a Scania Climate Day training on sustainability at their respective premises.

Is Scania the only auto company taking a strong stand against climate change? No other car , truck or bus brand seems to be taking a stand like this around the globe.

Discussions, quiz session, reflection sessions, conference calls across the branches and the next steps will be part of the activities during the training. Scania Malaysia is also inviting its fans, and members of the media to attend the Scania Climate Day training.

scania delivery

You can find out what’s happening in your community at globalclimatestrike.net.


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BEV battery-electric refuse truck from MACK Trucks

Mack Trucks showed the LR BEV battery-electric refuse truck at the WasteExpo 2019 in Las Vegas. The truck has a built-in electrical powertrain consisted of two 130 kW electric motors, which together produce 496 hp (continuous power 349 hp) and 5500 Nm of torque from zero rpms. It is also equipped with a two-speed Mack Powershift gearbox. Energy comes from four NMC lithium-ion batteries.

Based on the LR truck that is already popular with municipalities all over the country; only it has a fairly wild battery-electric drivetrain under it that makes a respectable 496 horsepower and a mind-boggling 4,051 pound-feet of torque. It does this with two 130-kilowatt AC motors, a two-speed transmission and some beefy Mack 56,000-pound axles.

The diesel engine on an ordinary trash truck doesn’t just make the wheels spin; it also has to run a ton of hydraulics and other systems. The LR BEV uses battery power to drive these systems, including hydraulics. The whole system is powered by four large lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide batteries that can be recharged at up to 150 kW and 200 amps.

MACK electric

Mack left out the specifics on the LR BEV’s expected range, but it’s fair to assume that most garbage trucks don’t pile the miles on in the same way that a semi truck would. Also, the hundreds of stops and starts that a truck might see during a shift gives plenty of opportunity for brake regen, which should help range too.

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Mercedes-Benz EQC Priced From Euro 60k  

What Is The Range?

With its seamless, clean design and colour highlights typical of the brand, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look while representing the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. In combination with the extensive services and a range of 445 – 471 km (NEDC), it makes electric mobility convenient and suitable for everyday use. The charismatic EQC impresses with the sum of its attributes.

With its effortlessly superior driving impression, high level of acoustic comfort and exciting driving dynamics, the EQC displays all the brand’s hallmark attributes – the Mercedes of electric vehicles.

Mercedes EQ_3

How Much?

Prices for the Mercedes-Benz EQC start at €71,281 (including VAT and local European delivery costs) for the already generously equipped base version. Its net basic price of less than €60,000 (for export before delivery and taxes) makes it eligible for an environmental bonus in Germany – regardless of individual equipment.

Start of production? 

The first EQC has just rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. There it is being produced on the same line as the C-Class Saloon and Estate as well as the GLC and GLC Coupé – digitally, flexibly and sustainably. Production of vehicles with various drive systems can be adapted variably and efficiently in line with market demand. This approach is an ideal way to ensure the best possible use of capacity at the plant, and guarantee high Mercedes-Benz production and quality standards.

Mercedes EQ_2

Digital solutions such as sophisticated mobile devices, driverless transport systems and the ‘paperless factory’ assist the assembly team. Production staff are irreplaceable, even in the age of electric mobility. The use of Big Data and artificial intelligence assists with predictive maintenance, for example. This means the fact that the company made investments in maximum flexibility and hi-tech equipment offering trend-setting Industry 4.0 solutions at an early stage is paying off.

Mercedes EQ_1

When the body, suspension and powertrain come together in automobile assembly, this is referred to as the “marriage” – in the case of the EQC this is when the two powerpacks are installed in the body. One major innovation is the so-called battery joining centre. The second “marriage” takes place here: This is where the EQCs are recognised as electric models with the help of data tags attached to the body, and equipped with a battery. The body is suspended from a carrier and deposited on a frame. Support arms raise the battery to the vehicle’s floor from below. An employee monitors the automatic bolting in place.

Battery production network

Alongside Bremen, the Sino-German production joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (BBAC) will start production of the EQC this year – for the local market in China. As it does for the C-Class and the GLC, Bremen acts as the centre of competence for production of the EQC in other locations. BBAC is part of the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Other production locations for future Mercedes-Benz EQ models are the Mercedes-Benz plants in Rastatt (Germany), Sindelfingen (Germany), Tuscaloosa (USA) and Hambach (France).

The batteries for EQC production in Bremen are produced by wholly owned Daimler subsidiary Accumotive at its site in Kamenz (near Dresden) and delivered partly charged. These batteries are kept near the production line and then delivered to the line flexibly on demand using driverless transport systems. Local battery production is a major success factor in the electric initiative of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The production network for the mobility of the future is well positioned.

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